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New Year resolutions you should start in 2015

new year resolutions you should start in 2015

Happy New Year, 2015!

Here’s to another exciting year ahead! In America, as well as other Western countries, people usually set a list of goals that they want to accomplish at the beginning of a new year. Those goals, typically specific and personal, are the New Year resolutions. Below is a list of recommended New Year resolutions you should start in 2015, if you haven’t already done so.

  1. Love yourself and your body. Just remember that you’re fabulous. Don’t let anyone tells you otherwise.
  2. Wash your face 2-3 times per day with cleanser. Don’t let those pesky pimples dominate your face.
  3. Drink more water and juice. Go easy on the soda, milkshakes, alcohol, and other sugary beverages.
  4. Drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up. It helps waking you up and freshening your skin.
  5. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Having an active lifestyle makes you healthier, and look and feel better. You’ll thank yourself later.
  6. Get between 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Being sleep-deprived will affect your attention, memory, and decision-making.
  7. Floss every day. It helps prevent cavities and gum disease.
  8. Keep track of your spending (e.g. have a spending journal). Earning money could be hard, but spending money is really easy, so try not to overspend.
  9. Don’t spend too much time scrolling through your Facebook news feed. We all have better things to do than that.
  10. Give your eyes a break. Take a 5-10 minutes break after spending 30 minutes on your computer or laptop. Take a quick walk, talk to people, do something to look away from the screen.
  11. Save water and electricity. It’s easy as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and turning off the A/C and lights when you’re outside.
  12. Recycle. It’s not that hard to do. You just need to actually start doing it. Help keep the environment green.
  13. Read different genres of books. You’ll be amazed by how much you learn just from reading alone. Reading = Knowledge. Knowledge = Sexy. Therefore, Reading = Sexy.
  14. Call your parents more often. They miss you and want to know that you’re doing well.
  15. Spend more quality times with your family and friends. You’ll miss those times greatly when you get older.
  16. Try something new. Do something that you’ve always been interested in but didn’t have time or didn’t have the courage to try before (e.g. try on a new shade of lipstick, sign up for a class that has nothing to do with your major, try a new restaurant in the area, go skydiving).
  17. Travel to new places. Regardless of whether you’re going on a study abroad journey or just traveling for fun, traveling allows you to learn a lot about yourself and broadens your cultural awareness. It’s nice to explore unfamiliar places, try new authentic local food, and expand your social network.
  18. Help people. It could range from volunteering at a local homeless shelter and mentoring someone to carrying a heavy bag for an elderly and explaining difficult concepts to a classmate.
  19. Say “please” and “thank you” more often. It shows that you’re a respectful and appreciative individual. After all, they’re not that hard to say.
  20. Let go of your jealousy and greed. Use them to motivate you to try harder, but don’t let them bring you down and consume your time.
  21. Make mistakes and learn from them. Mistakes are part of success.
  22. Have positive attitude. Don’t continuously drown yourself in sorrow and despair. Develop stress-relieving habits, such as talking to your parents, hanging out with your best friends, eating chocolates, singing out loud, or playing sports etc.
  23. Smile more. It’ll make you feel happier.
  24. And finally: Keep on being awesome!

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Hue La

About Hue La

Hey there, I'm Hue (pronounced “huay”, not “hue” like how you would normally say it in English). I'm a USC graduate and traveler with 6+ years of study abroad experience in the U.S. I founded Study Abroad Corner with the goals of providing helpful advice and building a social network for fellow study abroaders around the world.

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  • So many truths. Nothing is sexier than knowledge. And your skin will definitely thank you for more water and less soda. Family too; sometimes they can get annoying and nag too much, but that’s truly because deep down they love you and worry about you. They just have weird ways of showing it.

    Speaking of trying something new, I recently played guitar and sang. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, except (1) I’m extremely self conscious about my voice, (2) there were people, (3) this was the first time I’d ever played guitar and sang in front of people (drunk playing doesn’t count), (4) I’ve mostly played violin for a good portion of my life so far, and (5) this was for a volunteer thing at a local hospital. I was so nervous, and I can’t deny that I played really quietly on a floor with less activity. However, at the end of the day, I learned a lot about myself and it was fun as well. I have no regrets.

    Preach, girl, keep on postin’.

  • Amen!

    Especially the ones about family. 🙂 They are always there for us, when we are in need and when aren’t. We should let them know how much they mean to us from time to time too.

    I have a same NY’s resolution for exercising. Running outdoors always put me in a good mood. Simply being in an open area, breathing fresh air can be extremely relieving after a long day of work or studying!

    Great post girl!

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